Communion Of Dreams

Ah, yes – “To Protect and Serve.”
September 25, 2008, 8:09 am
Filed under: Civil Rights, Government, Society, Violence

Another for the “Taser Abuse” files:

NEW YORK (AP) _ A naked, distraught man fell to his death after a police officer shocked him with a Taser stun gun as he stood on a building ledge, authorities said.

The man, Iman Morales, 35, was pronounced dead at a hospital after his nearly 10-foot fall Wednesday. Police said he suffered serious head trauma when he hit the sidewalk.

The death of the man, who witnesses and neighbors said had become distraught and had threatened to kill himself earlier in the day, brought renewed focus to the use of Tasers by the police.

Gee, I can’t imagine why.

Then there’s this:

Man Passes Gas, Charged with Battery on Officer

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) — As if getting a DUI wasn’t enough, a man arrested for driving under the influence got in a lot more trouble at the police station.

Police stopped Jose Cruz on Route 60 in South Charleston Monday night for driving with his headlights off.

Then, he failed sobriety tests and was arrested.

When police were trying to get fingerprints, police say Cruz moved closer to the officer and passed gas on him. The investigating officer remarked in the criminal complaint that the odor was very strong.

Cruz is now charged with battery on a police officer, as well as DUI and obstruction.

Mr. Cruz should just be happy they didn’t Tase him, I suppose. Of course, that could have led to ignition of his gas. And then they’d have to charge him with terrorism, I suppose.

Jim Downey

(Cross posted to UTI. HT to ML for the first story.)

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FWIW, the NYPD is now saying that using the Taser (first story) “appeared to have violated departmental guidelines.”

Not much use to Mr. Morales and his family to know that now.

Comment by ML

Sheesh – no kidding.

Jim D.

Comment by Communion of Dreams

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